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Four IAAM Players Named To Women's U.S. U-19 Team
Local girls' lacrosse players Andi Aldave (McDonogh), Brindi Griffin (McDonogh), Francesca Whitehurst (Roland Park) and Miranda Ibello (Maryvale Prep) have been named to the US Lacrosse Under-19 team.
The roster consists of 18 of the best girls' lacrosse players in the country, which will travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, this summer to compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 World Championship. The U.S. has won the past four gold medals in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.
In August 2014, 100 of the best girls' lacrosse players in the country tried out for the team. Then, the selection committee whittled it down to 25 players. In January, the squad played two college programs in Naples, Fla., to help find out who would make the team.
"This talented group demonstrated incredible mental toughness, unselfishness, hard work and commitment throughout the demanding tryout process," coach Kim Simons said in a press release. "Our coaching staff is looking forward to working with this amazing team of young women as we continue on our journey to win gold in July."
McDonogh coach Chris Robinson sung the praises of his two players who will be representing the U.S. this summer, particularly Aldave, who is a sophomore and one of the youngest girls on the team.
"It's an incredible achievement for Brindi. The McDonogh community is so proud of her," Robinson said. "[It's also] so cool for someone so young to make U-19 -- an unbelievable achievement for Andi."
Former Maryland High School Stars Go Pro
The 2015 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft was Jan. 23, and a slew of talent who played high school lacrosse in the state of Maryland went pro.
Four former Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) standouts were drafted.
University of Virginia attackman Ryan Tucker (Gilman) was drafted with the fourth overall pick by the Boston Cannons. Tucker will get to play for his father, John Tucker, who is the coach of the Cannons.
Boston also selected Johns Hopkins attackman Wells Stanwick (Boys' Latin) with the 12th pick during the second round.
Conor Doyle (Gilman, Notre Dame) and Tony Rossi (Calvert Hall, Stevenson) were both drafted by the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
The Charlotte Hounds selected Tyler German (Queen Anne's, UVA) in the fifth round, Ryan Belka (DeMatha, Drexel) in round six and John Kelly (Bullis, Johns Hopkins) in round eight.
The 2015 regular season begins April 12, and the collegiate draftees will join their respective pro teams once the college season concludes.
Featured College Commitments
Garrison Forest midfielder Kennedy Lynch -- University of Maryland
Calvert Hall attackman Jacob Kelly -- University of North Carolina
Winters Mill goalie Caroline Wilcox -- Jacksonville University
Atholton attacker Rachel Foster -- United States Naval Academy
Calvert Hall defender Jed Manning -- Ohio State University
Arundel goalie Alyssa Danick -- Shippensburg University
Chesapeake defender Jourdan Jones -- Longwood University
Chesapeake defender Bryan Facciani -- Widener University